7 Important Facts About Pulmonary Fibrosis


If you or a friend or loved one has recently been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), you probably have a lot of questions. Very little is known about this chronic lung condition, despite the fact that approximately five million people suffer from it worldwide. We’ve put together a list of important facts about pulmonary fibrosis using information from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and gbhealthwatch.com.

Pulmonary fibrosis is a scarring of the lungs. 

Pulmonary fibrosis is scarring on the walls of the air sacs within the lungs. As this scarring builds up, it becomes more difficult for oxygen to reach the blood and leads to respiratory failure.

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    • Roberta says:

      The only one that can answer that would be the doctors. They would have to order an HRCT scan to see if there is any scaring of the lungs.

  1. Karen says:

    My Mother has IPF. She’s in her 5th year after diagnosis. She is in the hospital diagnosed with pnemonia right now and her mind is very confused…Almost like she has dementia. Are dementia like symptoms normal at the later stages?

    • Janet Klingbeil says:

      Dementia-like symptoms could be due to lack of oxygen. My husband did not have them when he had pnuemonia. He was at the very end stages,not sure where your mom is. My mother in law did though. She was experiencing hallucinations and all sorts of things due to lack of oxygen. I am sorry you are having to deal with this horrible disease.

      • Karen says:

        Thank you for your message. She’s been home from the hospital for a week tomorrow and she’s so weak and confused, but not having delirium symptoms anymore.

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